Tuesday 22 March 2016

Review - Finley by Ella Frank

Title: Finley
Series: Sunset Cove #1
Author: Ella Frank
Release Date: March 21, 2016

It's time to come home, Finn. 

It’s been seven years since Daniel Finley left his hometown in Florida for the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s city life. 
Since then, he’s worked hard for his position at the prestigious law firm Leighton & Associates, even when it’s caused distance and isolation from his family and friends. But that’s all about to change. 

On his thirtieth birthday, he receives the one thing he never dared hope for. Something that was promised to him years earlier—a note. One simple sentence from the man he’s never been able to forget. 

Six words will forever change the course of their lives. 

Brantley Hayes has it all. Or so he thinks. When he first made the decision to take a job down in Florida, his family thought he was crazy. But, after years of living in the quiet beach town, he finally feels a sense of community. He’s surrounded himself with friends who are like family, has a job he loves, and owns a spectacular beachfront property that is his sanctuary. 

Yet he still feels unfulfilled, as if a piece of the puzzle is missing, and he knows exactly which piece it is. On an impulse, he follows through with a promise he made years earlier. A promise to call home the one he sent away. 

Nothing is as simple as it seems. 

After years of separation, the former lovers are reunited, but Brantley wasn’t expecting to encounter the high walls now guarding Daniel’s heart. 
Daniel may not be the same person he was when he left, but he knows that the first step to healing is the note in his hand.

"Was it worth it?" 

The hurt and the simmering tension that settled in my belly, as I watched Daniel Finley and Brantley Hayes attempt to reconcile the past, and find a way to the future... Was it worth it? 

"Every last second." 

Truer words, my friends. TRUER WORDS. I took my time with this book, wanting to savor the feeling of reading a book penned by one of my favorite authors—an author who is expert at finding my feels and delivering a swift (and strangely welcome) punch to them. And when I finally finished Finley, well, what else is there to say but... 

I LOVED this book. Scream from the rooftops, recommend to strangers in the streets of my more-churches-than-people town, offer to buy it for any and everyone who shows the slightest bit of interest; that's how much I adored Finley

This wasn't dramatic, over the top angst. And it wasn't slow and thick drama. It was a perfectly paced story, with all the things I want in my books—some hope, a little hurt, a smattering of humor and HIM. Or, more accurately, THEM. Brantley and Finn. Two made-for-each-other men, who had control and hunger and arrogance and regret on lock, and were looking for second chance. 

Oh, how I ACHED. Frowned. Burned up. And smiled. These characters were just so...perfect. I wish I had better words. Smarter ones, but I'm still a little awed (and my thesaurus is downstairs), so forgive me. And trust me when I tell you that Finn is the ultimate combination of handsome, cocky lawyer and hesitant to risk his still-broken heart once again, while Brantley is the ideal mix of preppy, sexy Professor and sorry for the mistakes and assumptions that lead to Finn's departure from their relationship so long ago. 

A departure, a relationship, which is expertly woven into this story, making the past and present collide in this supernova of a book. Then come together in a BOOM moment that got me—and will get you—in the center of your chest. 

But it's okay, I promise. With a sweet and funny little assist from some much loved men, Ella Frank brings everything together in a way that makes it easy to forgive and forget the roller coaster of emotions she takes you on, and say that, yes, it was worth it. 

Every. Last. Second. 
~ Review by Beth

“It’s time to come home, Finn.”

Six words. Six short words that have so much meaning behind them. Six short words that could change a life—make or break a heart…again.

Daniel “Finn” Finley hasn’t seen Brantley Hayes for seven years. Not since he left for Chicago to go to law school, then work his ass off to hopefully become the next partner in his firm. He’s sacrificed his relationship with friends and family to make this success happen, but after receiving that handwritten note on his thirtieth birthday, all that Daniel has worked for gives way to hope—hope that it’s an opportunity to finally come to a resolution regarding where things ended with Brantley so long ago.

Just how much has changed and how much is the same in both Brantley and Daniel’s heart, body and soul remains to be seen. How much healing really needs to happen for BOTH of them to move forward? How much of themselves are they willing to change to have a second chance at love? 

Oh, my heart! Both Brantley and Daniel are living wonderful, if not lonely, lives. But they’re unfulfilled. When Brantley calls Daniel home, there’s so much anger and so many unanswered questions remaining between them that it’s not really until the very end of this beautiful, heartbreaking, heartwarming book that there’s a resolution. You simply cannot help but root for Daniel and Brantley to heal—and heal together. 

Finley is an amazing story of truth and lies, love and hate, and hope and forgiveness. A story that will stick with you long after you finish reading. 
~ Review by Missy

Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite contemporary romance, A Desperate Man. Her Exquisite series has been praised as "scorching hot!" and "enticingly sexy!"

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at ellafrank.com and on Facebookat facebook.com/ella.frank.author

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, GenaShowalter, and Carly Philips.

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